An incredible Victorian horse-drawn photo studio will go up for auction in three days!


Have you ever wondered how portrait photographers traveled to their clients in the 19th century? This historic and extremely well-preserved photography studio on wheels is spectacularly beautiful and could be yours as it heads downhill. Charterhouse auction hammer (opens in a new tab) in a few days, August 05, 2022.

Spending most of its life traveling around the Dorset coast near Swanage, UK, this beautiful studio was originally commissioned to capture seaside visitors over the years. Owned and operated by father and son photographers, John and Walter Pouncy, of Dorchester – among other later professional photographers who would later use the studio.

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The traveling Victorian photographer’s studio is said to have started operations in the mid-1800s and was escorted around Dorset and pulled by up to three horses as it cruised along coastal roads. The studio is expected to fetch a pretty hefty price tag when it goes up for auction at Charterhouse’s two-day “August Auctions” event on the 4th and 5th of this month.

The auctioneers said the studio has undergone a previous restoration, however, it will need some conservation and TLC from its new owner to fulfill its potential. The workshop has retained its interior with facilities to hold various backgrounds, with a small darkroom that was once used for plate changing and processing, and a glazed roof and side sections that allow light in. flood, its own entrance and exit, with spring-loaded wheels.

Moving studio pulled by a team of horses (Image credit: Charterhouse Auctioneers & Valuers)

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An estimated price of between £8,000 and £12,000 ($9,700 – $14,600 / AU$14,000 – AU$21,000) could be racking up the sale of this unique photographers studio at the hammer of Charterhouse Auction, hoping to find the perfect new home for the mobile photo studio where it can be restored and kept, staying in Dorset.

Studio with the name ‘Pouncy’ proudly displayed (Image credit: Charterhouse Auctioneers & Valuers)

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The current location of the mobile photography studio is in a field near Wareham, where it has resided for several decades under its current ownership, and where it has continued to be used as a photographer’s studio. The buyer must collect the studio from this location, not from the auction house based in Sherborne, Dorset.

Richard Bromell, member of the Charterhouse Auctioneers team, commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to acquire what we consider to be a unique piece of Victorian photographic history that would make a studio or a stunning office.

Watch the above video shared by Charterhouse Auctioneers (opens in a new tab) on Youtube, to see up close and inside the 19th century Victorian era mobile horse-drawn photographer’s studio on wheels in all its glory.

Studio used as a 20th century photo studio (Image credit: Charterhouse Auctioneers & Valuers)

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